Ever heard of The Real Deal? We thought so. Behind the world-renowned business magazine is the extremely successful Amir Korangy. The multifaceted publisher started with humble roots in Tehran, Iran. In 1979, after the Islamic Revolution, Korangy and his family fled as political refugees seeking a safer life in Paris. They then went on to Madrid before finally establishing a home in Washington DC. From here, Korangy was able to earn his way into Boston University where he would receive a BA in Journalism and Foreign Policy.
Straight after college Korangy moved to Baja, Mexico where he began his soon-to-be successful career in publishing. It was in Baja where he began his first weekly newspaper which targeted expats living in the area. South Of The Border was such a hit that within the first year it was bought out by another local publication. He then went on to create The Washington Free Press in DC and eventually moved to New York to pursue graduate studies at Emerson College and a budding career at Yahoo Inc. It was in New York where he began delving into real estate. In 2003 Korangy developed the first edition of The Real Deal, the rest is history.
Here are Amir Korangy’s top New York destinations:
Where were you born: Tehran, Iran
How long have you been in NY: 18 years
Neighborhood: Hudson Yards
Favorite Restaurant: Raoul’s, 180 Prince St
Best Sushi: Nakazawa, 23 Commerce St
Best Italian: Del Posto, 85 10th Ave
Best Dessert: The Nomad, 1170 Broadway & 28th St
Best place for a romantic date: My apartment
Best Sunday brunch: Cookshop, 156 10th Ave
Best place for a power business meeting: Jean Georges, 1 Central Park West
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Viceroy, 120 W 57th St
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Ralph Lauren Mansion (Men), 867 Madison Ave
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Tan Li’s basement in Chinatown
Best Spa: Aire, 88 Franklin St
Favorite Charity Event: Ronald MacDonald House
Favorite Cultural Event: Governor’s Island Ball
Favorite Cultural Institution: The Morgan Library, 225 Madison Ave
Best Steakhouse: Strip House, 13 E 12th St
Best Pizza: Gotham
Best Lunch: Breslin, 16 W 29th St
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Title Boxing, 455 W 37th St
Best Massage: Nice try, but my girlfriend.
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber
Best Museum/Exhibit: The Picasso exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, 2010
Describe your city in three words: Not For Everyone
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
All-around favorite spot in New York City: My apartment
Best Aspect of New York: It has the poorest millionaires and the richest dreamers.